Wine Reviews

3825038249AustriaLifted and fresh hints of white pear immediately hit the forehead. The palate holds subtle honeysuckle spice but convinces with a central seam of fluid, fruity acidity. There is concentration and an aftertaste of abundant red apple fruit of this traditional Austrian combo.8925ThermenregionAnne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoStift Klosterneuburg 2015 Zierfandler-Rotgipfler (Thermenregion)Zierfandler-RotgipflerStift Klosterneuburg
3822138220AustriaA bone-dry style, with very bright fruits and a crisp, tense mineral character. A crisp, classic, deliciously aromatic Riesling.Senftenberger Piri90KremstalRoger Voss@vossrogerNigl 2009 Senftenberger Piri Riesling (Kremstal)RieslingNigl
3822238221USThis is a very dry, silky Pinot Noir made in a more restrained manner than some of the big, huge ones out there. It doesn't whack your head, but appeals for its elegance. Shows sophisticated cherry, sassafras and sandalwood flavors, and the price is extremely good for the quality.9018CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaPedroncelli 2008 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirPedroncelli
3822338222ItalyHere is a deeply saturated Chardonnay with a golden color and thick notes of candied fruit, almond, butterscotch and a playful hint of pecorino cheese rind. The wine is thick and succulent in the mouth, with a soft approach that is capped by a piquant, almost spicy finish.9040Sicily & SardiniaSiciliaPlaneta 2007 Chardonnay (Sicilia)ChardonnayPlaneta
3822438223FranceFirm and tannic, a wine that, at this stage, is putting structure before fruit. That will change over 4–5 years as the dry tannins soften into the ripe plum and cranberry juice fruits underneath. While not weighty, this is a delicious, well-crafted wine.Les Grands Epenots Premier Cru90BurgundyPommardRoger Voss@vossrogerRoux Père et Fils 2006 Les Grands Epenots Premier Cru (Pommard)Pinot NoirRoux Père et Fils
3822538224FranceThere is good weight here. Its richness and fruits offer light red plum textures, a dry tannic character as well as some good power. Complexity and sweetness both promote a concentrated wine.Domaine du Pavillon Clos des Maréchaudes90BurgundyCortonRoger Voss@vossrogerAlbert Bichot 2007 Domaine du Pavillon Clos des Maréchaudes (Corton)Pinot NoirAlbert Bichot
3822638225FranceA broad wine, its ripe flavors fashioned with yellow fruits, toast, vanilla and an opulent texture. This is rich, open and packed with full-in-the-mouth flavors. Ready to drink.Château de Rully Cuvée Comte R. de Ternay Premier Cru90BurgundyRullyRoger Voss@vossrogerAntonin Rodet 2007 Château de Rully Cuvée Comte R. de Ternay Premier Cru (Rully)ChardonnayAntonin Rodet
3822738226ItalyHere's a thick and sweet-smelling Orvieto Classico Superiore (a blend of Grechetto, Procanico and a small part of Chardonnay) that sports a deep golden color and opulent aromas of butterscotch, honey, apricot, exotic fruit and toasted nut. The wine is extremely soft and succulent in the mouth with long-lasting flavors of apricot and almond.Pomaio Villa Monticelli90Central ItalyOrvieto Classico SuperioreBarberani 2006 Pomaio Villa Monticelli (Orvieto Classico Superiore)White BlendBarberani
3822838227ItalyThis is a beautiful blend of Chardonnay and Viognier with a luminous golden color and fragrant aromas of passionfruit, honeysuckle, mango and peach. The consistency is fine and firm and the wine's rich flavors are matched by well-balanced weight and density.Antinoo9024Central ItalyLazioCasale del Giglio 2007 Antinoo White (Lazio)White BlendCasale del Giglio
3822938228USWith a touch of raisins and some heat in the finish, this is a pretty ripe Zinfandel. It's not for the faint-hearted. But it's classic California Zin, offering huge blackberry, cola, mocha and black pepper flavors that go on and on into a long finish. Demands rich fare, especially spicy, saucy barbecue.Von Weidlich Vineyard9032CaliforniaGreen ValleySonomaDe Loach 2008 Von Weidlich Vineyard Zinfandel (Green Valley)ZinfandelDe Loach
3823038229FranceDoes the vineyard name mean “foggy” as its etymology suggests? The wine certainly has a cool character for normally generous Volnay. But it is finely structured, the delicate tannins offering a balance to the more forward black fruits. There is a fine fresh, dry aftertaste.Brouillards Premier Cru90BurgundyVolnayRoger Voss@vossrogerDomaine Jessiaume 2007 Brouillards Premier Cru (Volnay)Pinot NoirDomaine Jessiaume
3823138230USA good, complex Pinot Noir that shows the dramatic structure of the far Sonoma Coast. It's rich in acidity and tannins, yet still is silky and gentle in the mouth. The cherry, raspberry, cola and sandalwood flavors are delicious. Very fine now and for a few more years.9034CaliforniaSonoma CoastSonomaFailla 2008 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)Pinot NoirFailla
3823238231ArgentinaInky, dark, charred and serious, and it only gets better as it opens with air. The palate has a smooth, deep, comfortable feel and the flavors are sweet, fruity, creamy and proper for Malbec. Chocolaty and rich on the finish. A very nice wine made for near-term drinking.Serie Magno9015Mendoza ProvinceMendozaMichael Schachner@wineschachFantelli 2007 Serie Magno Malbec (Mendoza)MalbecFantelli
3823338232ItalyThis luminous, golden blend of Trebbiano, Passerina and Pecorino from Abruzzo in Central Italy offers beautifully intense aromas of honeysuckle, acacia flower and stone fruit, all capped by a subtle note of white mineral. The wine is creamy and smooth in the mouth with a pretty almond-like note on the close.Tullum9025Central ItalyAbruzzoFeudo Antico 2008 Tullum White (Abruzzo)White BlendFeudo Antico
3823438233USA great bargain in a Cabernet. Shows lots of soft, rich, likeable qualities, with blackberry, raisin and oak flavors, and a spicy finish. A superb house wine, although production was only 400 cases.8913CaliforniaCentral CoastCentral CoastTWODOG 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast)Cabernet SauvignonTWODOG
3823538234ChileSolid, crisp and consistent with the previous vintage. Undurraga's T.H. from Leyda is a Sauvignon Blanc made in the oceanic, cool-climate style. It's stripped of all fat and weight; instead, it hits with tangerine, orange and a bit of green. A nice example of a streamlined, fit white wine.T.H.8917Leyda ValleyMichael Schachner@wineschachUndurraga 2009 T.H. Sauvignon Blanc (Leyda Valley)Sauvignon BlancUndurraga
3823638235USA very rich, flamboyant Pinot Noir, with massive, deep flavors of black cherries, currants, licorice and chocolate. Such is the weight and tannic intensity that it probably will develop, and in fact needs 3–4 years to calm Villiers Vineyard8935CaliforniaMt. HarlanCentral CoastCalera 2007 de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir (Mt. Harlan)Pinot NoirCalera
3823738236AustraliaThis medium-bodied Chardonnay is plump without being heavy, featuring modest citrus aromas but greater depth of fruit on the palate, adding pear and melon flavors to the mix. It's fresh and lively on the finish, which should serve it well with a wide variety of dishes. Drink now–2013.Reserve Release8945VictoriaYarra ValleyJoe Czerwinski@JoeCzDe Bortoli 2007 Reserve Release Chardonnay (Yarra Valley)ChardonnayDe Bortoli
3823838237FranceThere's not too much fruit going on here; the aromas and flavors tend more towards caramel, vanilla and cinnamon, with just a faint lemon tone as a backdrop. After a kiss of softness on the palate, this wine finishes with mouthwatering crispness. Though impressive, this wine is a bit disjointed and could use a few years to integrate.Grand Cru Brand8980AlsaceAlsaceJosmeyer 2005 Grand Cru Brand Pinot Gris (Alsace)Pinot GrisJosmeyer
3823938238FranceA rounded wine, all comfortable fruits and texture. There is a nice bite of lime juice acidity to sharpen up the gentle character, as well as some toast to add spice. An attractive, already mature wine.Chartron et Trébuchet Cuvée La Chaume89BurgundyRullyRoger Voss@vossrogerMaison Jean-Baptiste Béjot 2007 Chartron et Trébuchet Cuvée La Chaume (Rully)ChardonnayMaison Jean-Baptiste Béjot
3824038239USBuoyant aromas like apricot and white peach lead to rich, sweet, appealing flavors like pistachio and peach and a smooth, mouth-filling texture. It will make a great pre-dinner wine for people who don't drink dry, and also a good pairing with cheese.Hawk Creek Vineyard8918CaliforniaEl DoradoSierra FoothillsJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsMorse 2014 Hawk Creek Vineyard Muscat Blanc (El Dorado)Muscat BlancMorse
3824138240Subdued citrus and pear notes on the nose find fuller expression on the rounded, very textured palate that almost seems to have a pleasingly bitter edge of earth and Bosc pear peel. This is generous and medium-bodied.Steirische Klassik8924Anne Krebiehl MW@AnneInVinoNeumeister 2015 Steirische Klassik GrauburgunderGrauburgunderNeumeister
3824238241USLuscious black cherries and touches of sultry smoked pork are deftly brightened with fresh hibiscus aromas on the nose of this bottling from the Byron family of wines. The hibiscus joins pomegranate on the palate, lifted by a pinch of lavender and candied lilacs and leveled by an elegant slate earthiness.8929CaliforniaSanta Maria ValleyCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannNielson by Byron 2014 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)Pinot NoirNielson by Byron
3824338242USA light copper color and tangy flavors like peach skin and mandarin orange give a lot of personality to this dry, light-bodied, refreshing and well-balanced wine made from old-vine Cinsault grapes.Bechthold Vineyard Rosé of89CaliforniaLodiCentral ValleyJim Gordon@gordone_cellarsOnesta 2014 Bechthold Vineyard Rosé of Rosé (Lodi)RoséOnesta
3824438243USVarietally funky, light in color and straightforward in approach, this still-young wine has structured tannins that persist on the palate, nearly chewy but starting to find their groove. Orange and cinnamon are dominant characteristics.Placida Vineyard8938CaliforniaRussian River ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneOrdaz Family Wines 2014 Placida Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)Pinot NoirOrdaz Family Wines
3824538244USFrom a hillside spot, this blends in 21% Zinfandel for further fruitiness, showing aromas and a taste of dried plum, the tannins upfront and generous. Structured and medium bodied, it aged almost two years in French oak that provides additional spiciness and grace.8932CaliforniaDry Creek ValleySonomaVirginie Boone@vbooneRancho Maria 2013 Petite Sirah (Dry Creek Valley)Petite SirahRancho Maria
3824638245USA touch of oxidation on the nose blows off fast, allowing a freshness of smooth, richly cultivated flavors of pineapple and stone fruit. This wine is full bodied and toasted in oak, yet with leaner undertones keeping it in check.8925CaliforniaNapa ValleyNapaVirginie Boone@vbooneRutherford Hill 2014 Chardonnay (Napa Valley)ChardonnayRutherford Hill
3824738246USThis coral-pink-colored wine brings light aromas of cherry and spice. It drinks a hair off dry, with a rounded, fleshy feel and a mouthwatering finish.8912WashingtonColumbia Valley (WA)Columbia ValleySean P. Sullivan@wawinereportRyan Patrick 2015 Rosé (Columbia Valley (WA))RoséRyan Patrick
3824838247USEarthy aromas of potting soil and tomato leaf give nuance to the rose petal and pomegranate fruit that show on the nose of this bottling. It's light and lively on the palate, with cranberries barely showing through the dried sage, oregano, bay leaf and thyme herbs.8936CaliforniaSanta Lucia HighlandsCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannSarah's Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)Pinot NoirSarah's Vineyard
3824938248USLayered aromas of dried rose petals and violets meet with peppery strawberry and plum fruit, proving relatively light with crushed-rock minerality on the nose. The palate is also light but juicy with strawberry, soft cherry and red currant, spiced by black pepper. The tannic structure builds throughout the sip.Dante Dusi VIneyard8932CaliforniaPaso RoblesCentral CoastMatt Kettmann@mattkettmannStephen Ross 2014 Dante Dusi VIneyard Zinfandel (Paso Robles)ZinfandelStephen Ross

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